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Automotive Tips from TYRE TRAK AUTOMOTIVE: Serpentine Belt Overview

The technicians at TYRE TRAK AUTOMOTIVE know your serpentine belt drives important engine accessories like your alternator, air conditioning compressor, and power steering. In some cars it may also power the power brakes or water pump. The serpentine belt is powered by the engine and winds around pulleys and the accessories. Some cars in Springfield have two serpentine belts.


The serpentine belt, the belt tensioner (which maintains the appropriate tension on the belt) and the idler pulleys are together known as the accessory drive system.

Now your serpentine belt and the belt tensioner will just wear out over time – that’s why your vehicle manufacturer has a scheduled belt replacement interval. The team at TYRE TRAK AUTOMOTIVE in Springfield can inspect your serpentine belt for wear and get it replaced if it’s time.

Give us a call.

TYRE TRAK AUTOMOTIVE
175 chestnut st
Springfield, Massachusetts 01103
4137341746

 

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Automotive Tips from TYRE TRAK AUTOMOTIVE: Serpentine Belt System Wear

The primary job of the serpentine belt for Springfield drivers is to provide important traction to spin the accessories. As the belt wears it loses some of its grip and the accessories may not spin at optimal speeds. For example, if your alternator doesn’t spin fast enough, the battery will not completely recharge while you’re driving and you could end up stranded around Springfield with a dead battery.

In short, a worn serpentine belt will stress all of the accessories it powers leading to premature wear and possible early replacement. When as little as 5% of belt material is lost, the serpentine belt cannot provide the proper traction for the accessories. Your friendly and professional TYRE TRAK AUTOMOTIVE service advisor can inspect your belt for excessive wear and replace your serpentine belt system if it’s excessively worn.

Give us a call.

TYRE TRAK AUTOMOTIVE
175 chestnut st
Springfield, Massachusetts 01103
4137341746

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Automotive Tips from TYRE TRAK AUTOMOTIVE: Serpentine Belt Tensioner

The serpentine belt tensioner applies pressure to the serpentine belt, maintaining optimal tension to drive the accessories like the alternator and A/C compressor. At TYRE TRAK AUTOMOTIVE we know that the service life of the belt tensioner is the same as the belt itself, so they should always be replaced together. A worn tensioner prevents the accessories from spinning properly, leading to premature wear and noise for Springfield drivers.

Your vehicle manufacturer has a recommended mileage interval for serpentine belt replacement. A complete accessory drive system service replaces the serpentine belt, the belt tensioner and any idler pulleys your car might have. Your friendly and professional TYRE TRAK AUTOMOTIVE service advisor can inspect your system and let you know if it’s time for a replacement.

Give us a call.

TYRE TRAK AUTOMOTIVE
175 chestnut st
Springfield, Massachusetts 01103
4137341746

 

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Serpentine Belt Replacement At TYRE TRAK AUTOMOTIVE

Today's TYRE TRAK AUTOMOTIVE article focuses on your serpentine belt. Your Serpentine serpentine belt is driven by the engine as it turns. It powers your alternator, air conditioning compressor and power steering pump. In some vehicles, power steering may have an electric drive and power brakes can be vacuum driven.

And, on many vehicles, the serpentine belt powers the water pump (on some cars, the water pump is powered by the timing belt).

Your TYRE TRAK AUTOMOTIVE service technician can perform a visual inspection of the belt to see if it has any cracks that signal the belt could fail soon.  The technician  will also measure the amount of belt material to make sure there is enough.

Springfield drivers should be aware that there's a special, spring-loaded pulley attached to the engine called the tensioner pulley and sometimes an extra pulley call the idler pulley. Their job is to make sure there's constant tension on the serpentine belt so that it doesn't slip. The spring can become worn and no longer provide the necessary pressure to keep the belt tight. That's why it's often recommended that the tensioner, and the idler pulley if so equipped, be replaced at the same time as the serpentine belt.

All in all, the serpentine belt's an important part for the function of your vehicle. And it's not that expensive to replace at TYRE TRAK AUTOMOTIVE – so it's good to do so before it fails.

TYRE TRAK AUTOMOTIVE
175 chestnut st
Springfield, Massachusetts 01103
4137341746

 

At TYRE TRAK AUTOMOTIVE we install quality NAPA replacement parts.

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